“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all.”Galatians 1:6-7a
Sometimes prison resembles a college course in world religions because practically every faith, sect, and denomination is represented here. While modern ideas of “tolerance” declare all sincerely held opinions to be equally valid, the Bible flatly disagrees. In the letter to the churches of Galatia, the Apostle Paul demonstrates how Christianity’s grace sets it far above and apart from any would-be rival.
God’s good news is matchless for at least two reasons. First, the gospel is not a human invention (Galatians 1:1a, 10-12, 16b-22), nor even “merely” angelic (v. 8), but is in fact the Lord’s personal message. It is proven true by Jesus’ empty tomb (v. 1b) and His followers’ transformed lives (vv. 13-14, 23-24).
Secondly, while the world ignores or scoffs at “sin” and “hell,” Scripture announces that in Christ alone, justice is satisfied. For our sake, He obeyed the whole law and submitted to its deadly curse, redeeming us from slavery to sin (vv. 3-5). No other faith makes such a claim. This is matchless grace!
“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.” (Psalm 86:8)